The Heat Complicates Task for Canadian Judokas
Montreal, May 28 2022 – Young Canadian judokas have continued their learning on the international scene on Saturday at the Cadet European Cup tournament in Coimbra, Portugal. Both registered in the women’s under 48 kg category, British Columbian Ekaterina Danilkov competed in three fights, while Alberta’s Charlize Medilo had to forfeit due to a knee injury.
“We didn’t have our best day. It was very hot, and some athletes lacked energy, possibly also due to inadequate preparation,” declared coach Daniela Krukower.
Charlize Medilo first earned a victory against the Moldovan Valeria Gurschi before bowing down against the Italian Ilaria Finestrone. It was at this moment when an injury suffered a few months ago resurfaced, which forced her to withdraw, just before going to the repechage.
“She was not feeling well and after consulting the doctor, we decided that it was best for her to end her competition,” added Krukower.
As for Danilkov, she was able to take advantage of a bye in the first round to then defeat the Portuguese Raquel Cabral. In the next fight, she was defeated by Frenchwoman Sarah Caballero. Once in the repechage, she was beaten by the Italian Alessandra Rocco, gold medalist last month at the Cadet European Cup in Teplice, Czech Republic.
Quebecer Léanne Dussault (-48 kg) is the other Canadian who tasted victory on Saturday thanks to her win against the Portuguese Ines Faria. Her journey ended in the next round following her loss to the Italian Elena Storione.
In the under 44 kg, Ontario native Angelina McCristall was entitled to a bye to start this European Cup, then lost her two fights afterwards. At the end of the day, she still fought for a bronze medal, but the Spaniard Valeria Toribio Montero deprived her of a place on the podium.
Quebecers Monica Ortiz (-48 kg) and Laurence Gagnon (-52 kg) were both eliminated after their only fight of the day.
In the men’s under 60 kg division, Quebec’s Daniil Kremerman and Ontario’s Luka Tsatsalashvili concluded the competition with a win and a loss each.
Kremerman, who suffered because of the heat, disposed of Portugal’s Vasco Rodrigues and lost to Rui Anjos, also of Portugal, in the second round. Luka Tsatsalashvili also had the upper hand over a local athlete, Guilherme Paradela, before being stopped by the Mexican Juan Pablo Ramirez.
Mahée Savoie (57 kg), Loane Gill (-70 kg), Brandu Lingley (-70 kg) and Lasha Tsatsalashvili (-73 kg) will be the Canadians in action on Sunday.